Best enduro mtb tires? Maxxis vs Schwalbe vs Specialized

Today we talk some about enduro styled tire combos! We look at the Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 and Maxxis Aggressor 2.3, The Schwalbe Magic Mary 2.35 and Nobby Nic 2.35, and the Specialized Butcher 2.3 and Slaughter 2.3. These tires all fall into the enduro tire category because they have solid tread for rough or technical terrain, but also arent too heavy for longer climbs or more pedal heavy riding. They’re great combos for enduro and all mountain riding! After looking at them I tell you out of all the combos i’ve run which has been my favorite enduro mountain bike tire. Hope this offers some help in anyone looking to make their next mountain bike tire decision!

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Markus The Extreme Productions says:

what music is at the start of this vid?

DeathBySnuSnu says:

Love the Magic Mary, hate the Nobby Nic. I used the Magic Mary for a long time, its a very good allrounder.
Now im testing the Butcher Grid 2.6 (front) with 2.5 DHF dual (rear) works very well too.

Cant wait to check out the Magic Mary 2.6 and the DHF 2.6.

Great Video!

Gerard Christopher says:


Martin Mamrilla says:

my combination is front tire DHF 2,5″ 3C maxx grip , rear tire aggressor DD 2,3″ , for mud is front tire shorty 2,5″ maxx terra

Christian Pesch says:

+1 here. Nobby Nic is great but wears off pretty fast and there are issues with punctures. Its not a good choice for enduro.

travelinzac says:

should try a ground control instead of the slaughter for the specialized setup

Nico Ofner says:

Do you like the DHF more than the Magic Mary? When you just think about grip

Carl Alm says:

Dude, the intermission music is far too loud compared to the volume of your voice, perhaps consider another soundmix next time? Great vid though!

MTBSchlitz says:

In germany the Magic Mary costs 35 euros:D

Charles Talhelm says:

I was interested in the info and thought you had some useful things to say. I’ll be checking out the magic mary. However, please work on your audio levels! your voice is so much softer than the music that I have to keep my hand on the volume to adjust it before my ears get blown out by the music and then I have to turn it back up when you speak.

_Kips_ says:

I really like this review , going over some of the major tyre brands and combos with a well detailed review and ride exp with them , considering a sub after a 2nd video! But for Schwalbe Nobby Nic’s have been sought as one of the weaker tyres when it comes to durability as they only come in the regular evolution casing unlike the Super gravity casing on the magic mary, i recommend using a HansDampf super gravity or evo casing with the Magic mary’s as i can certainly vouch for Schwalbe’s unparalleled grip and Reliability , Nobby nic’s have been used in XC and i live in a area with mostly rock gardens and techy decents and techy uphills with very little flow. (Singapore).

SDMTB says:

Maxxis tires are the only tire to run for mtb.

Simone Daldosso says:

I abandoned Schwalbe afer 6 month…too many ridicolous punctures.
(i’ve punctured several times even on chestnut nails….)

Then i put on Maxxis High roller II 3cTerra on front and Maxxis DHR ST on the rear.
In two years of riding with Maxxis i never had a puncture AT ALL.

(i’ve always used both schwalbe and maxxis with the awesome life changing Deaneasy Tube+ System)

Christopher Humphrey says:

I have a trek x-caliber 7 29er hardtail which is all that I can afford but I do ride at dh parks and one in the Minion dhf and dhr II, I need all this grip to get me maximum traction due to no rear shock and my bike bounces of rocks and roots so I need to make up for the loss of braking, also I’ve had this same set for about 2+ years and not even a slash or flat!!!

c86alonso says:

thanks for the video! it was great and comprehensive. I was wondering, is there any downside to running two magic marys? 

sport4boards says:

what about the maxxis highroller 2 aigainst the DHF?
which one is better?

ryan truth 1 says:

Paid for by maxxis lol

Marvin Grant says:

Mary and Hans would be a good combo

Dito Fuhrer says:

for dry condition my combo is spesh ground control front and maxxis aspen rear, for wet and mudy magic mary front ground control rear hahahaha

lynguist says:

Cool, thank you!

Brad g says:

Cst rock hawk ftw

Jake Hinds says:

I run a schwalbe dirty dan on the front and a hans damf on the back. its a good set up but the hans damf just get slashed to pieces racing enduro

Peter Kundrat says:

It doesnt make much sense in talking models without listing specific sidewall option. E.g. Nobby Nick is available with Liteskin, Snakeskin, Double Defensee and Apex providing quite different levels of protection.

Johnny Laser says:

The Maxxis are boat anchors compared to the Schwalbes. The Schwalbes should be run tubeless and low psi, the Nic at the very least should be tubeless. Absolutely no longevity issues riding Vancouver Island and Whistler (2.35 Magic Mary, front (trailstar/evo/snakeskin) & Nobby Nic, rear (pacestar/evo/2.25)…but I’m fairly light and so is my bike.

King Rat says:

DHRII/Magic Mary ^^

wim belder says:

I hate schwalbe tyres they always rip

jworthe says:

Nice review sir. I pretty much agree across the board.

Luper says:

I have a 2017 Stumpjumper and I have to say the stock Purgatory 29er tires have held up SO WELL. Jumping any stair set I am confident I wont pop it. Even low pressure jumping up stairs it won’t puncture!

Kash Pande says:

er, there are multiple types of nobby nic with different compounds, which ones did you have?

Michael Utley says:

I ride 2 to 3 times a week and have been mountain biking for 15 years. I’ve been running nothing but nobby nics for the last 4-5 years ( Snake Skin Evo Pacestar TLR 25 psi) with zero issues.. I ride in mostly rocky/rooty conditions and weight 200lbs. My carbon rims are beat to crap but I haven’t punctured/slashed 1 single Schwalbe tire. Schwalbes grip and roll like no other. I can only chalk this up as your A.) reviewing these tires based on what he said she said, B.) Choosing the wrong casing) C.) horrible at line selections.

I’m not affiliated with Schwalbe what so ever. I’m just tired of reading/hearing Schwalbes are prone to punctures when I have first hand experience that they don’t. You mentioned you punctured them on the first few rides but yet rode them for 3 months. Did you keep buying them after puncturing them? Who keeps buying 70.00 puncture prone tires?

Neema Ahmadian says:

Awesome video man, I just went through a pair of specialized tires (after almost 8 months, quite durable) and I think I’m gonna be moving over to maxxis.

Jordi Diego says:

Forgot to add Onza Ibex. The best tire I’ve ever riden.

eduardo morales says:

My Nobby nics slashed in first 6 months. ….in trail riding.

justincase says:

same here! minion DHF 2.5 exo/ aggressor 2.3 dd

JimmyJamesonJnr says:

WTB vigilante front, minion ( Maxxis Minion DHR II TR EXO 3C MaxxTerra) the rear. Great combo for 27.5

Michael Hofmann says:

Same here with the nobby nic´s, they came with my bike an on the first ride I punctured twice on a gravel/wood trail… i now run the specialized purgs front and a ground control rear and had no puncture for half a year now. I’m pretty happy with the specialized tires but I think I give Maxxis a try next year. ;D

doopy noo says:

Slashed my Schwalbe one mile into the first ride on two separate occasions I will never run Schwalbe ever again!

Sphoxros says:

You should check out some tires from Continental, been running them for over 3 years now, and I have never had any issues with them, they’re grip is crazy and there sidewalls are super tough, and there tread life is ridiculously long :O.

Grey Hound says:

I slashed my nobby nic too! No joke, first ever ride set up tubeless! Too big for the sealant to seal up as well so had to put a tube in to get home as I didnt have any butyl inserts at that time 🙁
I run a Maxxis Shorty up front and a DHF on the rear currently, very impressed!
Had an issue with my Magic mary too, they seems to get air in between the rubber tread and the carcass….very odd! It was an unbelievably grippy tyre though.

round around says:

Slashed NN (back) on second ride…
And I switched my front NN (put at the back) for a minion dhf, way more efficient for pedaling despite what I could read…
So I’m soon gonna change the back for a aggressor

PWDT4R says:

Cool man this is my first visit. I like your content and your opinions are tested to your liking.

Yhigma says:

I personally like the DHF up front and an ardent out back. I won’t bother w/ Schwalbes anymore as they wear out too damn fast.

Specialized tires are decent, but I’ve still slashed a fair share of “control” casings.

Alexander Repenning says:

I got many problems with Nobby Nics in the back too. Even without slashing the tire wears out way too quickly. I am using now the Magic Mary back and front and sometimes the Maxis Minion DHF 2.5 in the front. Both are good. The Magic Mary is visibly larger than the Maxis Minion DHF 2.5.

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